The history of Memphis music is in the walls of five studios that were there at the beginning of rock and soul music. Four of them are still there at their original addresses. You can tour two of them, Stax and Sun. Three of them are working studios: Sun, Ardent and Royal where contemporary artists still record. Alas one (American) is a parking lot. But pay a visit anyway.
Here is a variety of clubs and theaters to check out on your Memphis trip. The New Daisy is a large (1000+) showcase theater. Wild Bill’s is a late night Juke Joint that is hard to find anywhere else. Minglewood Hall and Young Avenue Deli will give you an idea of what is happening with young bands. And The Mud Island Ampitheater is a seasonal venue in the middle of the Mississippi.
Some more of the places you should not miss on any Memphis trip. Graceland and the National Civil Rights Museum were the two most defining visits of our trip. Spend a Sunday morning at Reverend Al’s. Leavitt Shell is a beautiful outdoor venue.
The story goes that if you ask anyone in Memphis for their favorite Barbecue joint they will give you a passionate answer. But then no two will agree! In that spirit here are five of the best that earned high praise from our Sense of Place sources.
It is impossible to define a city’s cuisine with only a handful of restaurants. But here are five very different and distinct restaurants that the World Cafe crew and our Sense of Place sources can recommend. Personally I would make a separate trip just for the fried chicken..